An inspiration for many. A legend to be remembered. One of the mountaineering greats.
Born on this day, 1943.02.04; Wanda Rutkiewicz, Polish lady climber, who participated in the first ascent of Gasherbrum III (7952 m) in 1975. It was the highest first ascent by women. She was the first Polish climber and the first European woman, who ascended Everest. After her Everest ascent in 1978 she also ascended Nanga Parbat in 1985, K2 in 1986, Shisha Pangma in 1987, Gasherbrum II in 1989, Gasherbrum I in 1990 and Cho Oyu and Annapurna I in 1991. She died in 1992 high on Kangchenjunga, aged 49. tinyurl.com/y8ot8end